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Computer wont shutdown and uses 1 hour to start up

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by annersch, Aug 8, 2012.

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  1. annersch

    annersch Thread Starter

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    Hi!

    My computer wont shut down. It freezes at the "Shutting down" screen. Sometimes it helps to unplug all the cables except screen and power, but mostly it has no effect. It uses about 1 hour to start. It has been like this for a couple of weeks, after I tried different software to record audio from my browser. Maybe its a driver problem? This is the second "period" with problems after i tried this, it has had one period where everything worked fine in the meantime, so I thought the problem was solved. But when it went to sleep mode today it wouldnt wake up, and the problems started again after I had to push reset button. Most of the 1 hour it says "Starting Windows". I have uninstalled all of the audio recording software. Before I did that, the computer made a subtle buzz sound every few seconds when I played games.

    I really dont know what to do. Please help! :)
     
  2. TekTime

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    Sounds like a program or driver is hanging or refusing to close down fully. Have you tried updating all of your drivers one by one to see if that resolves the issue?

    Try starting and running in Safe Mode and see if you are still getting the hangups. If you are, the problem is not just a driver or app, but is either your operating system itself or hardware related (ie BIOS related).

    There's also a way to make programs terminate quicker when shutting down the computer but it takes registry editing. Let's see what the status is on your issue before going there.
     
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    re-opened at OP request
     
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